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Aug 9, 2022 - 7:34:40 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

I really like the OME Columbine banjo. I saw one for sale, but the person didn't even hear about the price of 3000 $. Does anyone have any idea how much an older banjo like this might cost?...going back 20 years I guess...

Aug 9, 2022 - 8:21:02 AM
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Helix

USA

15850 posts since 8/30/2006

The OMES still carry the quality of woods, craftsmanship, but definitely art as music and music as art.

The earlier ODES can even be better because they vintage with playing. They vintage well.

These are very high quality banjos to start with, take a look in the classified ads here on the hangout for some used OMES.

Aug 9, 2022 - 11:23:58 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

Anyone have experience with the OME Triple X 5 (1979) banjo...doesn't anyone own one? Is it a professional banjo?

Aug 9, 2022 - 12:49:33 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26326 posts since 6/25/2005

The triple-x is a pro-level banjo, as are most Omes. But it does not sound like a Gibso-style bluegrass banjo. Probably a lttle mellower. May not be a resonator model. …. I’m unsure what you mean by your original post.

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:03:21 PM

101 posts since 2/25/2020

I’ve got Matt Davis’s old ome, and it’s (in my opinion) better that the majority of the prewar flatheads that I’ve tried.

Aug 9, 2022 - 7:01:34 PM

273 posts since 7/22/2012

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Originally posted by geckoberry

I’ve got Matt Davis’s old ome, and it’s (in my opinion) better that the majority of the prewar flatheads that I’ve tried.


The one he won the Wanlut Valley national banjo championship with in 2016?

Aug 10, 2022 - 5:33:25 AM

101 posts since 2/25/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Banjfoot
quote:
Originally posted by geckoberry

I’ve got Matt Davis’s old ome, and it’s (in my opinion) better that the majority of the prewar flatheads that I’ve tried.


The one he won the Wanlut Valley national banjo championship with in 2016?


I don't think so. It's the one he used to record his records Outlander and New World, along with his stuff with Circus No. 9 and Westbound Situation.

Aug 10, 2022 - 8:38:41 AM

RB3

USA

1438 posts since 4/12/2004

Back in the Seventies, I gave lessons at a music store that was a dealer for Ome. The Ome Triple-X banjos back then were beautiful, impeccably crafted instruments. But, as Bill Rogers said, they did not and were not intended to sound like a Gibson.

Aug 10, 2022 - 8:53:34 AM

273 posts since 7/22/2012

quote:
Originally posted by geckoberry
quote:
Originally posted by Banjfoot
quote:
Originally posted by geckoberry

I’ve got Matt Davis’s old ome, and it’s (in my opinion) better that the majority of the prewar flatheads that I’ve tried.


The one he won the Wanlut Valley national banjo championship with in 2016?


I don't think so. It's the one he used to record his records Outlander and New World, along with his stuff with Circus No. 9 and Westbound Situation.


That's a nice banjo to have.

Aug 10, 2022 - 12:28:55 PM

210 posts since 3/25/2016
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As others note, all of the Ome banjos were and have always been built to very standards of material and build quality.  Many of us found that the early (1960s) Omes sounded better than ANY other commercially available contemporary instrument.  They (intentionally, most likely) did sound differently than many flathead [bluegrass] banjos, but depending upon the time period, those flatheads did not sound particularly good, imnsh opinion.  Another respondent is on the money with his comment about aging: my brother's 1962 five-string sounds great to this day, and my collection of Omes goes back to 1972.

That 1972 is a Triple X and is a fine professional banjo in every way.  Fine mahogany and ebony, excellent construction, great inlay work (inlays are a bit "blobby"), and NO problems of any kid since purchase (oh, yikes!) 50 years ago.  I also have a c. 1980 Juggernaut (nicer inlay designs and Indian rosewood construction), which also sounds great.  The winner, though, is a super-fine curly maple Grand Artist with Ome's marvelous Megatone 400 tone ring -- the best sound of all of them.

Omes might not satisfy everyone's idea of desired sound, but any of them are worth consideration for purchase of a fine banjo.

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Aug 11, 2022 - 1:17:59 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

OME MONARCH MEGATONE banjos have started popping up for sale everywhere today, for only $1700...such an excellent banjo for such a low price? seriously considering him...anyone back me up or would you rather go with the Gibson?

Aug 11, 2022 - 2:38:11 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

I've seen the videos with the recordings and the banjo sounds absolutely fantastic... although it's about the right hand again... that's a fact, but I really like the sound of the global.

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